Could I have watched this with my Dad? : Yep.
Could I have watched this with my Mom? : Possibly.
Language: I only caught a single use of motherf* . It could be I am gaining immunity from repeated exposure to language, or it could be there really wasn't much language in this one. (The rated version is only PG-13)
Sex/Romance: Allusions to blowjobs and the sex slave trade, some sexual harassment, and some making out/steamy moments.
Violence/Gore: Plenty of violence, but less gore than Pitch Black.
Music: I was happy to see that they had Graeme Revell for the music again. He did a great job of pulling in strains of the music from Pitch Black but still creating a fresh, new sound for a new movie.
Did I feel the need to leave the lights off and sit in silence afterward? : Not really, but I did feel the need to call my best friend and screech at her about the ending.
Was there a food pairing? : Baked Bean Casserole. Pretty tasty, but I would use fewer lima beans next time. Also, it's really hard to make sure you have a bit of everything on your spoon for a good bite when you can't take your eyes off of the screen for one whole second.
Thoughts: I have never seen a bigger jump within a franchise. From sci-fi horror/thriller monster flick to sci-fi fantasy adventure was a pretty big leap to make. I get that they didn't want to fall into the common trap for sequels of making basically the same movie twice, but this...this was a pretty massive change to make. If you loved Pitch Black for Riddick, then you will probably like this movie as well. If you loved Pitch Black for the plot, monsters, horror/thrills, then you might not prefer this movie. If you haven't seen Pitch Black, you can probably watch this movie just fine on its own.
This movie had the depth of sound that Pitch Black was missing. With Pitch Black I kept turning the volume up and up and up and it never seemed to get any louder. I realized after watching this movie that it was really more the bass that was missing.
This movie enormously expanded the universe. There were a lot of things that were mentioned that I wanted to know more about but that were never discussed again.
One of the characters whose storyline hit the hardest we only knew to care about for about 20 seconds before they left.
The female representation was not great. They were sexualized more (than Pitch Black). If you want to know more, I can't say too much without giving spoilers, so...
<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<SPOILERS TO FOLLOW>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> First off, we get to see Jack again. Jack has changed her name to Kyra. And in the short span of the five-ish years since we saw her last, she aged about 10 years. Suddenly she has long, luscious hair (even in a slam) and is very sexy and looks to be about mid to late twenties even though she could have only been about 14 or 15 max in Pitch Black. I was very confused at how sexy Kyra had become, seeing as how she didn't seem interested in any of that during the first movie.
I was happy, though, that they didn't fridge Kyra to awaken Riddick's Furyan side. I really thought that was going to be his motivation. I also loved how they let her get the drop on Riddick and made her a really good fighter. I was pissed that as the only known female convict she had to have sexual abuse as her traumatic backstory and motivation for becoming who she did. Why is it always sexual trauma?
I absolutely LOVED seeing Kyra and Riddick fighting together (and when they played "Who's the Better Killer" together I nearly died of joy), and I had high hopes that things could go well for Kyra's character and we would get double the badassery moving forward. However, my hopes were dashed almost immediately as she was placed in the "needs to be rescued" category right after that.
<<<<<AND HERE IS THE MAJOR SPOILER>>>>> In the end, when Riddick is fighting the Lord Marshal and losing, Kyra gets the drop on the Lord Marshal. I was shrieking I was so excited that they were brave enough to show a woman succeeding where a man couldn't hack it. And then they killed her. Turns out her hit helped, but didn't kill the Lord Marshal, and she was killed off immediately so that we barely even had time to appreciate what she had done. She resisted the indoctrination of the Necromongers, snuck up on the un-sneak-upon-able Lord Marshal, and stabbed him with a truly gigantic weapon in the back. And what did she get? Dead. She got dead. No one could appreciate what she'd done and she couldn't gloat. Instead, all she got to do was die in Riddick's arms with a touching last line to make everybody sad and make it all about him again. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<END OF SPOILERS>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
And finally, Karl Urban's hair killed me.
Was this a good use of a night with the house to myself? : Definitely. There was a lot of screaming on my part, and that would have been super annoying for my parents.